September 23, 2014

Ideas for Maximizing A Small Kitchen

We will be moving into a kitchen that’s  smaller than the one we currently have if we go with the house I showed you ( which I’m 99% sure about). I’m not quite sure how I’m going to set things up and where I’ll put everything but I thought I’d share some ideas for the making the most of a small kitchen  I’ve found.

Great ideas for maximizing  your small kitchen

Moving is such a great opportunity to not only get rid of stuff but to start out more organized! I’m really looking forward to that!

Small kitchen organization ideas like this one from SAS Interiors

Use the inside of doors via SAS Interioris

DIY burner covers that double as more countertop space via The Kitchnn

Find ways to give yourself more workable surfaces like this project. Here’s how to build burner covers that extend your countertop space via The Kitchnn

Small kitchen organization ideas  like this one

Using your backsplash area is a great way to keep your counters free via No. 29 Design

small kitchen organization ideas

This is a great idea if you don’t have many drawers via Food Network

Small kitchen solutions like this one from Sweet Verbena

Get a cutting board that goes over part of your sink for more counter space via Sweet Verbena .  I know Ikea sells one but I’ve seen some at TJMaxx as well

Maximizing a small kitchen - Shower caddy produce rack

Use the space at the end of  a cabinet like this idea from Domestic Diva. She  hung a shower caddy up and used it to store some vegetables

small kitchen solutions like this pegboard pot rack

If you have the wall space a pegboard pot rack like this one from Rice Designs is a great way to free up cabinet space

Maximize your small kitchen by using the side of your refrigerator

Utilize the side of your refrigerator via Instructables

double your cabinet space with under the shelf baskets

Double your cabinet space by using under the shelf racks via HGTV

I hope you got some ideas for making the most of your small kitchen!

You might also like: 11 Laundry Room Organization Ideas

Check out these 11 amazing laundry room organizing ideas!

15 Dollar Store Pumpkin Crafts

Foam pumpkins from the dollar store are the perfect fall accessory to makeover on a budget! Here are 15 dollar store pumpkin crafts to get you inspired.

15 Dollar Store Pumpkin Crafts

15 Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeovers

1. Studded Dollar Store Pumpkin – Lucy Designs

2. Blue Crackled Pumpkins – Home Stories A to Z

3. Mod Podged Pumpkins – The 36th Avenue

4. White Trick Or Treat Pumpkin Topiaries – The Kim Six Fix

5. Tissue Paper Pumpkins – Poofy Cheeks

6. Make Your Own Burlap Pumpkin – Country Chic Cottage

7. Glam Pumpkin Topiary – Tiaras and Bowties

8. Dollar Store “Thanks” Pumpkin – A Diamond in the Stuff

9. Sharpie Pumpkins - The Happy Housie

10. Vintage Style Dollar Tree Pumpkins – Fox Hollow Cottage

11. Funny Mummy Pumpkin – Consumer Queen

12.  Corn Husk Wrapped Dollar Store Pumpkin - Craftiments

13. Chalkboard Dollar Store Pumpkin – Home Hinges

14. Spooky Spray Painted Pumpkins – Clever Pink Pirate

15.Welcome Sign Dollar Store Pumpkins – Sister See Sister Do


Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

25 Festive DIY Fall Wreaths!

Are you all ready for fall? I know I’m looking forward to cooler weather! One of the easiest ways to welcome fall into our homes is to display a fall wreath at our front door or entryway. I’ve gathered some great DIY ideas for fall wreaths that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing!

25 Festive DIY Fall Wreaths that anyone can make!

One thing I love about this season besides the food, colors (well everything really) is fall decor! Here are 25 fall wreaths that you can make!

1. My Fall Wreath - A Cultivated Nest

2. Frugal Fall Wreath - The Frugal Homemaker

3.  Pottery Barn Knock Off Faux Antler Fall Wreath - The Country Chic Cottage

4. Pretty Recycled Paper Bag Fall Wreath - Pop Sugar

5. Wrapped Burlap Fall Wreath – Making Home Base

6. Fabric Scrap Fall Wreath – Chase the Star

7. Apples & Pinecone Fall Wreath - Better Homes & Gardens

8. DIY Fall Monogram Wreath – Practically Functional

9. DIY Versatile Fall Wreath – Simply {Darr}ling

10. Burlap Monogrammed Fall Wreath – Second Chance to Dream

11. Easy Autumn Floral Wreath (under $6) – Songbirds and Buttons

12. Felt Flower Wreath - The Thinking Closet

13. Fall Yarn Wreath – Crafts n’ Coffee

14. Autumn Popcorn Wreath – Cherished Bliss

15. Welcome Fall Wreath (plus printable) – Fleece Fun

16. Flannel and Denim Fall Wreath – The 36th Avenue

17. Fall Mesh Wreath – The Nerd’s Wife

18. Painted Burlap Flower Fall Wreath – Busy Being Jennifer

19. Fall Rag Wreath - A Beautiful Mess

20. Shabby Burlap & Buttons Fall Wreath - Crafts n’ Coffee

21. Fabric & Felt Fall Wreath – Uncommon Designs

22. 5 Minute, $5 Fall Wreath – Organize & Decorate Everything

23.Who’s There Owl Wreath - About Family Crafts

24. Wood & Burlap Natural Fall Wreath – Finding Home

25. Rustic Acorn Fall Wreath – Crafts Unleashed

Hope you found some inspiration! You can find more fall inspiration on my Pinterest Board.

11 Laundry Room Organization Ideas

I don’t have a  laundry room per se. My “laundry room” is in my garage. It’s more of a laundry area :)  We recently spruced up that area and I was looking at some cute laundry rooms for inspiration and thought I’d share a few laundry room organization ideas with you.

Check out these 11 amazing laundry room organizing ideas!

I’m sure a few of these ideas will make an appearance when I do my laundry room reveal! Here are some great ideas for organizing your laundry area!

Stain kit for your laundry room from BHG

Love the idea of keeping all the stain treating products in one easy to find place. via Better Homes & Gardens

Laundry Room Organization - wall organizer via Small Notebook

Towel racks are inexpensive and look how great they work for organizing a laundry area! via Small Notebook

Back of the door laundry organization from My Sweet Savannah

Using the back of the door is always a smart idea especially in a small space (which laundry rooms usually are) via My Sweet Savannah

laundry closet organization

If you have more of a laundry closet you could add some small shelves on a side wall like these from Waffling

corral laundry items on a lazy susan via BHG

Corraling laundry items on a lazy susan is a brilliant idea. via Better Homes & Gardens

built in DIY drying rack from Me and My DIY

Wouldn’t it be great to have built in pull-out racks to dry your sweaters on!  Me and My DIY has a great tutorial on how to build these.

leave notes on a washer with a dry erase marker via The Paper Mama

LOVE this idea to keep a dry erase marker on your washer to leave special laundry instructions via The Paper Mama

Laundry room organization - pocket finds jar via BHG

Having a separate jar or bin for “pocket finds” is a great idea via Better Homes & Gardens

Laundry Room Organization - hooks on wall via Smart Girl Style

Mount some hooks on a laundry room wall to use for drying items like these from Smart Girl Style

Laundry containers with DIY labels from Simply Designing

Here a pretty way to contain your detergent. You can use jars for powdered detergent and drink dispensers for liquid detergent like these from Simply Designing

organizing a laundry room with baskets via Simplicity In The South

Of course you always need bins and baskets! Love the chalkboard tags on these from Simplicity In The South

Check out my Pinterest Laundry Room Board for more ideas!

Cute Things You Can Make From Placemats

Not only are placemats inexpensive but often they are made from beautiful materials. They are really a great resource for any budget decorator and you’ll be amazed at all the ways you can repurpose placemats!

Placemats are a great resource for the budget decorator. You'll be amazed at the cute things you can make with placemats!

Here are a few things you can do with placemats.

pillow from a placemat

This is such an easy way to make a decorative throw pillow and a great way to use those single placemats that you can always find on clearance See the tutorial at Something Like That Designs

placemat wall art from BHG

Here’s a great idea for some wall art from Better Homes & Gardens

Dollar store placemat made into an outdoor flag by Pretty Handy Girl

You can even make seasonal outdoor flags using placemats like this one from Pretty Handy Girl (she has winter and Valentines Day flags as well)

backsplash made from placemats

I think this idea is amazing! A backsplash made from plastic placemats! It looks really good and I imagine is easy to clean. Perfect for a temporary fix. See the tutorial at Ashley Rowhome

Kids apron made from placemats

This would make a cute gift! Kids aprons made from placemats – from At Home In the Northwest

placemats used as photo frames via BHG

Another great idea from Better Homes & Gardens is to use placemats as photo frames

various clutches made from placemats

Another cute gift idea is to make a clutch from a placemat – from Happy Together

placemat used as a frame

You can use a placemat as a frame like this from The Thrifty Rebel

Coasters made from placemats via Craftionary

These coasters are made from placemats – see the tutorial at  Craftionary

framed placemat art via Thrifty Decor Chick

If you find a pretty placemat you can frame it for some easy DIY art like this one from Thrifty Decor Chick

bedside caddy made from placemats

Here’s a bedside caddy you can make from 2 placemats via Instructables

bamboo placemat vases

You can take some bamboo placemats and make these vases from In This Life

pillow made from a table runner

I’m including this pillow even though it’s not made from a placemat. Instead I used a tablerunner!  You can see more photos here A Cultivated Nest Making My Kitchen More Summery

Hope you found some inspiration!

10 Household Organizational Tips You Need To Know

When you take a little time to organize each and every day, you will eventually have an organized home. Check out the following 10 household organizational tips that will help you clean, organize, and get your home in tip top shape. My only advice would be to take a break in between each tip, so you don’t wear yourself completely out!

10 need to know organizational tips
#1. Household Chore List—Isn’t it time everyone helps pitch in around the house? Check out this household chore list.
#2. 12 Steps to Deep Cleaning—Don’t wait for spring to get your household clutter, cleaning, and organization under control.
#3. Organize Those Scarves—Since scarves are in style, you may need these tips to help you organize them.
#4. Organize the Linen Closet—6 easy steps to organizing your linen closet.
#5. Organize Your Kitchen Pantry – Don’t have a huge pantry? See how to organize a small pantry closet.
#6. Organized Computer Desk Station—The kids need a little help organizing too! Check out how you can make your kids a DIY computer desk station and organize it too.
#7. Closet Shelf Organization—Now is the time to get your closet shelf a little more organized!
#8. DIY Jewelry Organizer– Don’t let your jewelry just around in your bedroom. This DIY jewelry organizer is perfect for organizing your jewelry.
#9. Make a Family Command Center—Have one place for schedules, notes, school papers, bills, etc.
#10. DIY Refrigerator Mats -  Make your own refrigerator mats and spend less time on cleaning the fridge shelves.

There you have it! Ten tips that will help you organize different parts of your home.

What part of your home do you feel you need help in organizing?

9 Scrumptuous Crockpot Slow Cooker Desserts

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to heat up my kitchen in the summer! Yet I don’t want to stop making our own baked goodies. Enter the crockpot! I love using my crockpot and I know most of you do too! Since the temperatures are heating up, I thought I’d put together a few dessert recipes that you can make in the crockpot/slow cooker.

9 Scrumptious desserts that you can make in a crockpot/slow cooker!

Did you know you could bake in your crockpot? Well you can!  All recipes can be found at the linked sources.

9 Crockpot Desserts

Dreamy Crockpot Hazelnut Cupcakes by Crockpot Gourmet

Dreamy Crockpot Hazelnut Cupcakes by Crockpot Gourmet

crock pot 7 layer bars by Tammilee Tips

Crockpot 7 Layer Bars by Tammilee Tips

Crock Pot Carrot Cake by Moms With Crockpots

(From Scratch) Crockpot Carrot Cake by Moms With Crockpots

White chocolate raspberry cream cake by Betty Crocker

White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake by Betty Crocker

Slow Cooker Lava Cake by Easy Slow Cooker Meals

(5 Ingredient) Slow Cooker Lava Cake by Easy Slow Cooker Meals

apple butterscotch crisp by Crockpot Ninja

Apple Butterscotch Crisp by Crockpot Ninja

crockpot candy by Cookies and Cups

Super easy Crockpot Candy by Cookies and Cups

slow cooker monkey bread by Passionate Penny Pincher

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread by Passionate Penny Pincher

Crockpot S'more Dessert by Mummy Deals

Crockpot S’more Dessert by Mummy Deals

Don’t let the summer heat keep you from baking desserts. Pull that crockpot out and try a few of these desserts. They’re super easy!

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

11 Small Bathroom Organization Ideas

We are overhauling a lot of rooms in our home in effort to have things be more organized and tidy looking. One room in particular that I’ve been searching ideas for is our tiny master bathroom (actually all our bathrooms are small)!  There’s not a lot of room and not a lot of storage. So I’ve been looking on Pinterest for some small bathroom organizing ideas and thought I’d share a few with you today.

See how you can maximize your bathroom storage with these 11 small bathroom organizing ideas.

Here are some great ideas to help you maximize storage in your bathroom!

bathroom shelving for storage from 320 Sycamore

I’m pretty sure we’re going to install some sort of shelves to utilize the vertical space. I like these floating shelves from 320 Sycamore.

organize with plastic shoe boxes via Mary Organizes

Organizing with plastic shoe boxes like this from Mary Organizes keeps the undersink area nice a tidy.

bathroom cabinet organization with a lazy susan from Mini Manor Blog

Using a lazy susan for bathroom organization in a cabinet is so clever! via Mini Manor Blog

hair dryer over the door bin via A Bowl Full of Lemons (bathroom organization round up)

I actually just bought one of these hair dryer over the door bins at Ross! via A Bowl Full of Lemons

Shelf over toilet bathroom storage idea from The Butlers

I like this shelf, towel-bar combo from The Butlers

mason jar bathroom organizer from DIY Playbook

Use your wall space with this DIY Mason Jar Organizer from DIY Playbook

back f the cabinet door bathroom storage via BHG

Love this idea to use the back of the doors for storage. via BHG

Custom DIY under cabinet bathroom storage

I also really like this custom DIY under cabinet storage system because the pipes in one of our bathrooms is set up strangely. via Pretty Handy Girl featuring  Pink Toes and Power Tools

window boxes used as bathroom storage by Our Fifth House

Wall mounted wicker window boxes or baskets would also be a good storage idea. via Our Fifth House

hang wire baskets on the wall for bathroom storage via A Beautiful Mess

I also love the idea of hanging wire baskets on the wall like these from A Beautiful Mess

painted & distressed ball jars used for bathroom organization

Using small painted mason jars to hold little bathroom items like cotton is such a cute idea! via Rusted Treasure 

I’ll be sharing more organizing ideas for your home as we go through each of our rooms!


Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

10 Amazing Flower Tower/Tipsy Pot Planter Ideas!

I think flower towers or tipsy pots are such a stunning way to add vertical interest to your garden, porch, or front entry. But not only that, they also are a great way to add a bit of whimsy! Here are 10 awesome ideas for making flower towers or tipsy pot planters.

10 amazing flower tower & tipsy pot ideas

10 Flower Tower or Tipsy Pot Planter Ideas

tiered flower pots from The Kim Six Fix (flower tower roundup)

I love this flower tower from The Kim Six Fix because she made the whole thing for under $10 and so cute!

galvanized tipsy tower (round up of flower towers)

This insanely amazing galvanized tipsy pot is from  Annie Steen at Flea Market Gardening

Flower tower by House by Hoff (flower tower roundup)

House by Hoff used terracotta pots that she painted to make this beauty.

colorful tipsy pots by Tiaras & Bowties (flower tower roundup)

I like how Tiaras & Bowties used these cute colorful pots for her tipsy tower

flower tower by  Simply Desiging

Simply Designing filled this pretty flower tower with pansies for spring but you could do the same with summer flowers.

Tipsy Tower by Daydreaming Bliss (roundup of flower towers)

Love the color of the pots in this tipsy tower by Daydreaming Bliss

address flower tower

You could put your house numbers on a pot like this one via Flickr or vinyl lettering!

succulent tower by Sow & Dipity (flower tower round up)

Love Sow & Dipity’s version using succulents!

Stacked planters by Home Jelly (flower tower round up)

Love, love, love these stacked planters from Home Jelly!

Galvanized tipsy pots by The Pink Hammer (flower tower round up)

This totally amazing galvanized tipsy pot planter is from The Pink Hammer.

So many great projects and they’re not hard to do!

20 Yummy Sweet Summer Treats

Summer is almost here, and I for one, am READY!  In my excitement and anticipation for June 21st (the first day of summer, in case you didn’t know), I am sharing 20 Sweet Summer Treats that I think would be fun to make. I’ve gathered treats that are not only great for summer, but also fairly easy for kids to make (or at least help you make).20 yummy & easy summer treats. Great summer desserts for kids

If you generally do most of your cooking solo, I would like to encourage you to consider bringing your kids or the grands into the kitchen, especially since they’ll be on break from school. Cooking can be such a great way to bond with your children or grandchildren, while teaching them a valuable skill.

So what are you waiting for? Start browsing the easy recipes below, and bookmark and pin your favorites so you can enjoy these sweet summer recipes with your family!

  1. 4th of July Ice Cream Cones
  2. Nutella Push Pops
  3. Fruit Pizza
  4. Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
  5. Chocolate Peanutbutter Graham Sandwiches
  6. Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
  7. Copy Cat Orange Julius
  8. Funfetti Rice Crispy Treat Fruit Kabobs
  9. Banana Cheesecake Chimichanga
  10. Mini Lemon Oreo Cheesecake
  11. “Frozen” Themed Snack Mix
  12. Key Lime Pie In A Jar
  13. Frushi – Fruit Sushi
  14. Honey Raspberry Parfait Pops
  15. Coconut Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Cups
  16. Lemon Curd Tartlets
  17. Rainbow Fruit Salad
  18. Double Dipped Oreo Cookies
  19. PB&J Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches
  20. No-Bake Flag Dessert

Do you have a favorite warm weather treat that you make every year?

25 Tasty Frozen Treats

It’s already hot here even though it’s not officially summer yet!  So I’ve put together a fabulous collection of frozen treats. Just in time to help cool you (and me) off in the hot months ahead.There’s everything from  drinks to desserts!

25 Tasty Frozen Treats

Don’t they all look yummy!

25 Tasty Frozen Treats

1. Rhubarb Sorbet
2. Raspberry Acai Frozen Margarita
3. Frozen Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Sandwiches
4. Frozen Coconut Peach Bites
5. Raspberry Apple Croissants
6. Mango Papaya Smoothie
7. Healthy Klondike Bars
8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
9. Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites
10. Oreo Pudding Pops
11. Honeyed Pear and Walnut Ice Cream
12. Churro Milkshakes
13. Frozen Mocha Cream Pie
14. Strawberry Pistachio Semifreddo
15. Froyo Dipped Strawberries
16. Chocolate Dipped Avocado Popsicles
17. Grapefruit and Rosemary Granita
18. Protein Packed Power Smoothie
19. Cinnamon Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
20. Frozen Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Coconut Daquiri
21. Strawberry Sunrise Smoothie
22. Fried Cheesecake and Ice Cream
23. Frozen Blueberry Margaritas
24. Roasted Cherry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt
25. Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake


11 Easy & Simple Patriotic Decorating Ideas

I’ve collected 11 awesome DIY decorating ideas that would be easy for you to make for any patriotic holiday. Not only are these ideas easy to duplicate, they’re low cost (love that)!

A collection of easy and cute patriotic decorating ideas

11 Easy To Make Patriotic Decorating Ideas

mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint

Wouldn’t this mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint be super cute on a buffet table holding your utensils, straws or even filled with flowers or pinwheels!

Patriotic apothecary jars by  Makoodle

Apothecary jars are always an easy way to decorate seasonally. These are from Makoodle  

patriotic flower centerpiece by Heritage Schoolhouse

Recycle some old glass bottles and add some pretty red & blue ribbon and you have a beautiful and easy centerpiece like this one from Heritage Schoolhouse

Patriotic fabric bunting by Second Chances by Susan

Second Chances by Susan made this fabulous patriotic bunting from strips of fabric!

Mini flag wreath by The Picky Apple

Make this gorgeous patriotic wreath by sticking cheap mini flags in a wreath form like this one from The Picky Apple

Painted USA craft letters from BHG

Paint some inexpensive craft letters that spell USA –  like these from BHG

Patriotic paint chip bunting by Nest of Posies

This cute red, white and blue bunting from Nest of Posies is made from paint chips!

banner made from bandans by Life In Wonderland

Here’s one more banner and it’s from  Life In Wonderland. This one is made from bandanas – so cute!

Patriotic clothespin wreath by Cat's Craft Room

Here a way to upcycle clothespins. Make this pretty patriotic wreath! See the tutorial at Cat’s Craft Room

Patriotic days chain decoration

This is a cute way to decorate your deck and you can get the kids involved. Make these patriotic daisy chains from the DIY Network

DIY firecracker centerpiece from All You

This fun DIY centerpiece is easy to make. Tutorial can be found at All You

These decorations will be sure to add a festive touch to your celebrations!

DIY Saturday: How To Make A Garden In A Bag Of Soil

This is an amazing and simple way to set up a new garden bed or even to have a little garden if you don’t have much space.  Gardening in a bag of soil is not a new idea (I’ve seen people plant vegetables in a bag of dirt) but I’ve never seen it used in such large scale.  Gardening in a bag of topsoil makes setting up a new garden bed so quick and easy!

How to set up a new garden bed using bags of dirt #nodig_garden

I would definitely give this a try if I was setting up a new annual bed (at the very least the grass under the bags would be killed and the following season you could plant in the ground if you want). This is a great no-dig garden!


Bedding plants

Bags of topsoil or potting mix




Go here  or here to see the full instructions of how to plant in a bag (one is the original tutorial and one is a follow up)


Have a great weekend!

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